by Savitha C Muppala on  September 11, 2012 at 7:51 PM Research News
 Asthma Triggered by Viral Infections
The risk of asthma in newborns increases with viral infections, as such infections damage the immune system.

Scientists found that infections by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) damaged the capacity of immune cells to keep inflammation in the lung's airways under control.

Experiments on mice showed that the virus can weaken the ability of a specific part of the immune system, called regulatory T cells, to keep the inflammation under control.

This finding can assist scientists in developing treatments that can prevent the onset of Asthma.

Source: Medindia

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